"If guns can cause crime, all of mine are defective."
— Ted Nugent
"Hey, what's up? If any of you don't got a gun, a knife, handkerchief, and a Chap-Stick, get the Describe Ted Nugent here
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Bet you can't, can you?
No, you can't. Seriously, you cannot grasp the true power of the Nuge
. But it is this Wiki's job to take a stab at grasping the power of everyone who has ever had an iota of relevancy to popular culture, so here goes:Theodore Anthony Nugent
is a rock guitarist and vocalist from Detroit
who has sold over 14 million albums in the United States and 31 million worldwide. His best known song is "Cat Scratch Fever." Nugent has been touring annually since 1967, and chances are it will take death
to stop him.
He was first in a band called the Amboy Dukes, which had a hit with "Journey to the Center of the Mind", before starting a successful solo career
. In the 1970s, he recorded three multi-platinum albums: Ted Nugent
, and Cat Scratch Fever
. He later joined the supergroup Damn Yankees before going solo again.
When not making music, Nugent speaks on behalf of politically right-of-center causes, the Republican Party, and the United States military (though he has admitted to actively dodging the draft during Vietnam
). He supports hunting, conservation (but doesn't believe that humans are contributing to global warming), America
, hunting, unrestricted gun ownership, hunting, anti-drug activism, hunting, the classic tough-guy mentality, old-time religion
, hunting, a straight-edge lifestyle, and did we mention hunting
Ted Nugent's persona and career provide examples of:
- The Cameo:
- Made one on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he shot Carl with what turned out to be an exploding arrow.
- Also two on The Simpsons. The first was in the episode "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", where a convict (voiced by Steve Buscemi) obsessed with Marge is waiting for her to call him on the prison phone. When he gets the call, it's the Nuge on the other side, asking for the passing of a pro-firearm amendment. The second was in the episode "Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson", where the Nuge asks Homer, in his stint hosting a conservative political show, to endorse him in his bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.
- He also appeared as himself in the That 70s Show episode "Backstage Pass", despite the fact that it sets in the late '70s, but was filmed in 2001.
- Was set to appear in an episode of Undeclared, playing himself giving a political speech on campus. They ultimately decided not to introduce his politics on the show and re-wrote him out of the episode. The original cut with him can be found on the DVD.
- Shows up for part of an episode of Sons of Guns leaving a trail of awesome in his wake.
- Epic Rocking: "Stranglehold" is the best-known example.
- Intercourse with You: About 90% of his catalogue.
- Irony: Some of his songs have been defined as Stoner Rock and Psychedelic Rock, yet he's nothing if not … dedicated to being anti-drug.
- Jerkass: He comes across as this to many liberal Americans. It does not exactly help Ted's case that to this day he brags about stops on a 2007 cross-country tour on which he threatened to shoot a few prominent Democrats, namely Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Dianne Feinstein. In Illinois, New York and California (the states they respectively represented at the time), no less.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Nuge rarely sings lead himself, usually leaving that role to his rhythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes.
- Manly Men Can Hunt: Is one, and does it all the time.
- Nice Hat
- Real Men Eat Meat: Is one, and does it all the time.
- Take That: Ted has an entire song called "Kiss My Ass" that serves as one of these to the Clintons, animal rights activists, the sponsors of the Brady Bill, and various other people and things from The Nineties that he doesn't particularly care for/thinks are stupid.